It is too bad that we do not have the baseball traditions that once abounded in this area in the past. There have been three families that come to mind in the great tradition of the Tri-County League of years gone by. The first family was the Wissels. There were at least 5 of them who played baseball at one time in the area before the family relocated to Richmond. Pete, Joe, and Lee were three that I can remember. One of the sons spent several years in pro baseball, but he could never quite crack the majors. They grew up west of town where the Alpine Berry Farm is now located. The Wennings had quite a group going as well. Ralph, Moon, and Don are three names that come to mind here. Ralph and Don still call Batesville home. Like most families, you can get several versions on who was the best of the group. The third family is the Werners. Bob, Floyd, and Ray all played for Oldenburg. Bob, who is deceased, played in the minor leagues at one time. Floyd and Ray along with Bob all played out field and manned it quite well. I know that there are younger families who all played baseball, but for most of them, the playing stopped in high school. It is a shame that we don’t have the adult leagues any more.
INDIANAPOLIS – Don Snemis, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), announced that all BMV license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday.For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit the BMV website.
Questions can be directed to Executive Director of Competition Dave Brenn. “We will add wording to the 2021 rules for both divisions so there will be no confusion or doubt where the nosepiece must be and that will be centered on the race car,” he added. “With the shortened racing season and unanticipated volume of Modifieds and Northern SportMods this impacts, we feel it is in the best interest of our members in these divisions to extend the deadline,” stated IMCA President Brett Root. “These repairs are time consuming and can be costly. Because we do not believe it is a performance enhancing issue, we will extend the deadline and focus on notifying drivers we see competing with these cars.” VINTON, Iowa – IMCA has extended the deadline for Modified and Northern SportMod drivers with offset nosepieces to comply with divisional rules from Aug. 14 to opening night of the 2021 race season.
RelatedPosts FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return D’Tigers, D’Tigress await 2020 Olympics foes D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida D’Tigress ended their FIBA Olympics Qualifiers Tournament on a high despite a narrow 71-76 points loss to world champions USA at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, Belgrade, Serbia. Inspired by Otis Hughley, the team came out determined to prove a point and show the world that they could compete with anybody in the world as they put up a performance that many will talk about for a very long time to come. D’Tigress dominated the first half, 21-20, 19-6 as they went into half time 40-26 points, which many across the world will find hard to believe for a long time to come. USA came out fighting in the third quarter to narrowly pick the game 24-17 as the D’Tigress held on to 7 point lead heading to the last quarter where USA completed their comeback. Ezinne Kalu, who was voted as one of the group’s top five players alongside Ana Debovic (Serbia), Leia Dongue (Mozambique), A’ja Wilson (USA) and Nneka Ogwumike (USA), once again led the team with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Victoria Macaulay had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist, while Evelyn Akhator after failing to score against Serbia on match day 2 dropped 10 points and 4 rebounds. Despite the height disadvantage of the D’Tigress, the team out-rebounded USA after collectively picking 43 rebounds as against 36 rebounds by USA. Nigeria also stole the ball 13 times as against 5 by their opponent. Players and coaches will on Monday depart Belgrade for their various clubs.Tags: Aleksandar Nikolic HallD’TigressFIBAOtis Hughley read more
It was all a million miles away from the energetic, disciplined display that brought victory over Russia last month and a step down on the 4-2 defeat by Portugal on Friday, which at least contained several positives. O’Neill’s first campaign in charge of the side is now almost certain to be considered a disappointment, but there is an outside chance of redemption in their closing double header away to Azerbaijan and Israel next month. And the manager left little doubt that he expected more from his squad when they next convene. “There is no alternative but to have a response, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “If we play again like we did against Luxembourg you have to question what is the point of the whole thing. “We are not just here to fulfil fixtures and if we turn up and play like that it is a total waste of time. “The players we have are what we have so we will get them back in, look at the game in the cold light of day and try to see why we were so poor and make sure that is not repeated. “It’s something a group of players can learn from, because this was our poorest performance by some distance in the campaign.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has told his players there is “no alternative” but to improve on their dismal defeat in Luxembourg. Northern Ireland are hardly considered a super power in world football but had been expected to beat a side who went into the match with just three World Cup qualifying wins in their history – the last of which came in 1972. Instead they slumped to a 3-2 loss and the result might easily have been worse with the home side creating several clear chances and hitting the crossbar as Northern Ireland laboured. Northern Ireland had appeared to be making progress under O’Neill, coming out of all four tussles with Russia and Portugal with reason for optimism. But their inability to replicate that level of performance against the lesser ranked sides in Group F has been a constant feature. O’Neill was at a loss to explain the reason for the latest example of that but admitted he knew it was coming almost from kick-off. “You get a sense of a game in the first five minutes,” he said. “Against Russia and Portugal I knew in the first five that we were going to be ready to play and go the distance, here I knew in that first five that we were down a gear. “When you start down the hardest thing is to get back up. “We talked about making good decisions on the ball, playing sensibly, but there was none of that. “We didn’t see that from word go – the passing was sloppy, we took touches where we shouldn’t have and we asked to be pressed. “The level of preparation that goes in means we expect more of the players that what we got back.” Press Association read more
The Reds captain returned to the squad after a seven-match absence in Monday’s win over Swansea but it was as a substitute and not in the starting line-up. There has been much debate about Liverpool’s effectiveness with Gerrard in the side but Rodgers insists the midfielder still has a key role to play in the remainder of the campaign. “I think it has been really unfair on the boy. This is a guy who has been – and still is – a wonderful player,” said Rodgers. “When he was out injured we had people trying to sensationalise a story as to whether he would get in the team or not but Steven was unfit. “People were trying to write him off when he was not even back fit. “Maybe some are trying to make a negative story on him, which couldn’t be further from the truth. “He is now available but I can tell you now – and it may not be the story you want – but he is a guy committed to the team and the football club first and foremost. “People are trying to see the team is doing better when he doesn’t play but the team was winning when he was playing games. “Even when he doesn’t start he came off the bench the other night and put in a great performance which added a calmness and stability to the team and that is what he will continue to do. “He is like any other player, of course he’d like to play, but his support for guys like Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, that are in the team has been fantastic and his support to me as a captain has been incredible. “He works his socks off and Steven Gerrard, playing or not playing, has unbelievable application and professionalism to his football life and is a wonderful ambassador for this club and a great role model for the players.” Liverpool’s midfield has been bolstered by the return to training of Lucas Leiva, who limped off with a groin problem 16 minutes into the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on February 7. The Brazil international will be assessed on Saturday to see whether he has a chance of making the squad to face arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield the following day. The club have been in negotiations over a new deal to replace the 20-year-old’s existing contract – which expires in the summer of 2017 – for several months now. Manager Brendan Rodgers has previously said Liverpool have offered him an “incredible” offer but after further talks this week failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion the saga has been postponed until the current campaign is over. Press Association Asked whether there was likely to be a solution found soon Rodgers said: “Not between now and the end of the season. “It has been made clear by Raheem’s representative and the boy himself he just wants to concentrate on his football and see what can be resolved in the summer. “I am sure it will be resolved and the concentration for Raheem is now on his football and it is clear the terms of when those talks will begin again.” With contract negotiations dragging on Sterling has found himself linked with some of Europe’s top clubs, with Manchester City the latest to be linked after reports on Friday they were considering a £50million bid. Rodgers dismissed that and all other links with. “It is all speculation. It is something we can’t worry ourselves on,” he added. “The boy is happy here and I repeat if you have the interest of the kid and his football development at this stage of his career this is the best place to be.” While the future of one of Liverpool’s burgeoning stars remains up in the air the destiny of one of their all-time greats has already been decided with Steven Gerrard heading to Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer. Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and his agent have put contract talks on hold until the end of the season as speculation about his future continues to grow. read more
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying before a congressional intelligence committee about a whistleblower complaint about a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The complaint, that Trump was leveraging military aid to have Ukraine investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son for corruption, is at the center of an impeachment inquiry opened this week by House Democrats. Trump says he was just concerned with rooting out corruption and that he did nothing wrong. The whistleblower compliant was declassified yesterday and released today.
New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Sunday show caused BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary for not attending recent meetings of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Though the CoA recently banned him from convening national selection committee meetings as secretary, Choudhary remains BCCI’s representative at the ICC and ACC.Chouhdary has seven days to respond to the show cause notice.”It has now come to the notice of the Committee of Administrators that in the last meetings of the ICC and the ACC, not only did you not attend the meetings but kept the BCCI in dark about your unavailability either until it was too late or altogether,” wrote the three-member CoA in its notice to the secretary. “Your aforesaid conduct left the BCCI unrepresented in the said meetings and exposed the organisation to considerable risk.”Repeated calls to Choudhary for his response on the notice went unanswered.The ICC conference was held from July 14-20 in London while the ACC Annual General Meeting took place in Bangkok on September 3.”The COA came to learn of your unavailability to attend the ICC Conference scheduled in London for the 14th July on 12th July when you merely forwarded your e-mail dated 12th July 2019 to ICC, informing the ICC of your unavailability for the said meetings.””The short notice did not leave any room with the COA to appoint a replacement to attend the said meetings in London. Consequently, the BCCI was unrepresented in the board meeting of the ICC.”The CoA, headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, claimed Choudhary again expressed his last minute unavailability for the ACC AGM.”Later, the COA had approved your travel to Bangkok to attend the ACC AGM on September 3, 2019. Again at the eleventh hour you failed to attend the ACC meeting, leaving the interests of the BCCI unattended. “”You did not even deem it necessary to inform the COA of your unavailability to attend the said meeting. The COA learnt of your unavailability, and that too without knowing the reason for the absence, from the Secretary of the ACC as you had mailed to him of your unavailability to attend.””Thus, the BCCI learnt from the ACC that its own representative was not attending the meeting on the morning of the meeting. This was most humiliating for the COA and the organisation. Besides the fact that in both the meetings the BCCI went unrepresented, its interests have been seriously compromised by your action,” the COA stated. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. read more
Liverpool are world champions for the first time in their history at the fourth attempt Liverpool made a pre-tax profit of £42million last year despite a record £223m investment on players.While that top line is well below the record £125m profit for the year ending May 2018, the rewards are being felt on the pitch with the club four victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years.Figures released on Thursday for the financial year to May 31, 2019 incorporate the purchases of Alisson Becker (£65million), Naby Keita (£52.75m), Fabinho (£43.7m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m). It also includes the increased costs of new contracts for 11 players, including captain Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – who have all played a key role in helping Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect establish a 22-point lead at the top of the table.Some of that cost was offset by sales including Danny Ward (£12.5m), Danny Ings (£20m) and Dominic Solanke (£19m).Income was also boosted by Champions League success, although as victory in the final in Madrid came in June the prize money from winning a sixth European Cup will be counted in the current financial year.‘This continued strengthening of the underlying financial sustainability of the club is enabling us to make significant investments both in player recruitment and infrastructure,’ said chief operating officer Andy Hughes.‘Being able to reinvest over £220m on players during this financial period is a result of a successful business strategy, particularly the significant uplift in commercial revenues.‘The cost of football, however, does continue to rise in transfers and associated fees but what’s critical for us is the consistency of our financial position, enabling us to live within our means and continue to run a sustainable football club.’Turnover increased during the period by £78m to £533m with media revenue increasing by £41m to £261m, commercial revenue increasing by £34m to £188m and match revenue increasing by £3.5m to £84m.The rise is a result of a new Champions League broadcasting deal which began during this period, finishing a close second to Manchester City in the Premier League and higher partnership and merchandising value, with Liverpool signing their first training kit sponsorship deal with AXA.‘What we’re seeing is sustained growth across all areas of the club which is aligned to the recent performance on the pitch,’ added Hughes.‘Since this reporting period we have continued to reinvest in the club’s infrastructure, and we look forward to the opening of our new (£50m) training base at Kirkby ahead of the new season which will provide first-class facilities for our players and staff.‘We have also just completed a second-phase consultation on a proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand which could see an increase in the stadium’s capacity.‘These financial results and this sustained period of solid growth is testament to our ownership, Fenway Sport Group, who continue to support the club’s ambitions and continue to reinvest revenues both in strengthening the playing squad and the club’s infrastructure to build for the future.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Scott Shafer climbed upstairs to an empty bedroom and hid. On a visit to his brother’s Ohio home during Christmas break of 2008, Shafer was on the phone in solitary confinement — a floor above scurrying children and chatting family members. The conversation was more than casual. Shafer and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone talked for three hours. An exchange of endurance and philosophies, and a shot at redemption for Shafer. ‘I had just been fired at Michigan by Rich Rodriguez, and so I was out looking for a job,’ Shafer said. ‘And I was focused in on trying to find the best guy to work for that I felt had the same philosophical point of views when it came to coaching and coaching kids. ‘I can remember hanging up the phone and thinking: This is the guy I want to work for.’ Blinded by the aura of Michigan, ‘The Big House’ and the Ohio State rivalry, Shafer accepted the defensive coordinator job with the Wolverines three years ago without looking at the rest of the staff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text He learned the hard way and was a coaching causality of the worst season in Wolverines history. His loud, brazen demeanor on the field was not received well by the Michigan defense. But it also put things back in focus, where he knew he needed to find an ideological match the next time around. The 44-year-old, born and raised in the Midwest, was a wunderkind defensive coordinator on a torrid climb up the college coaching ladder. A hasty decision led to a speed bump at Michigan. And a stroke of serendipity landed him at Syracuse. Shafer and his family moved interminably — six colleges in the last nine years — until arriving at SU. Inheriting an abysmal Syracuse defense, it took only two years for the defensive maestro to catapult the Orange from 102nd to seventh in total defense nationally. Now, the well-traveled coach enters his third year with the Orange. ‘My wife and I had a philosophy that if we can just chase the coaching profession and chase the dream, and just see where we ended up, by the time our children started to get into high school then we’d slow down,’ Shafer said. ‘And hopefully when we’d slow down we’d be in a good position with good people.’ ••• Attack, attack, attack. Forge utter chaos. When a Scott Shafer defense is on the field, it should not be pretty. Shafer’s personality permeates his defensive philosophies. He’s excitable. Unabashed. Bold. He takes risks, evidenced by the amount of times he blitzes. ‘Coach Shafer made it specific,’ former SU defensive tackle Andrew Lewis said. ‘It’s always on. It’s never off. When you play for me, your switch is never off.’ In his first meeting with the SU defense, Shafer gave them the straight truth of how defective the unit was in 2008. No. 102 in the nation in total defense, scoring defense and rushing yards allowed. Sacks were not much better: 101st. Interceptions, 99th. ‘He basically said this is not acceptable, he said our first goal was to cut everything in half,’ former SU defensive back George Mayes said. ‘… And that plan really stuck in our heads because we were like ‘OK, that’s attainable.” At first, Shafer’s coming-at-you attitude threw the Syracuse defense off guard. Former SU head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Robinson was not at all like that. He coached the defense quietly and ran a scheme that needed smart players. Shafer simplified it all. Former Syracuse cornerback Da’Mon Merkerson said he allowed the players to speed up their game by reducing the amount of terminology they had to know. From 102nd, to 37th, to seventh in total defense. Shafer was the savior of the Syracuse defense. ‘That’s why I call him a guru, that’s why I call him a mad scientist,’ Lewis said. ‘Anybody who can take an intricate game like football and turn it into something simple and be successful off of it, got to be some type of guru, right?’ ••• Syracuse is gratifying for Shafer in another way, too. Working with the Orange defense is like déjà vu from his time at Stanford working under former head coach Jim Harbaugh. At Stanford, the rise in enthusiasm and the change of culture was visible in the zeal the two coaches displayed. Harbaugh and Shafer did pushups together at practice. They added one pushup per day to the regimen, and it turned into a bout to see who could do more. Shafer said if Harbaugh was going to get 90, he was going to try and get 91. ‘I knew the reason they were doing it was to instill that competition instinct into us,’ former Stanford defensive lineman Chris Horn said. ‘And it definitely carried over.’ Twelve-play scripts turned into 24-play battles as the coaches tried to one-up each other. The players began to take after their fiery bosses. If the offense was having a triumphant practice, Shafer would mix up the scheme. He’d throw a blitz that Harbaugh did not see coming. ‘The back and forth was pretty funny, but the competitive nature was definitely awesome,’ former Stanford safety Marcus Rance said. Shafer liked the Stanford players because of how they reacted when challenged. The intelligent, well-versed Stanford kids took Shafer’s boisterous verbal tones and wanted more. ‘They had a great attitude, and they kind of had that ‘Hey, coach, give me more. Give me more, coach, we can handle it,” Shafer said. After watching film from the Cardinal’s disastrous 2006 season, Shafer pointed out situations where the defense sat back and was ambushed. And he implemented the ‘camera club.’ Seventy percent of the defense needed to be on screen at the end of every play. The watershed moment of Stanford’s 2007 season came in the fifth game. Five turnovers, including four interceptions by Shafer’s defense helped lead Stanford to a 24-23 upset over then-No. 2 Southern California. Shafer left all that after one season to become Michigan’s defensive coordinator, a job that he and his family thought would be a lengthy stop on their dream-chasing tour. ‘When we took that job I think we thought, ‘Oh, well that hopefully will be somewhere we can have success,” Shafer’s wife, Missy, said, ‘‘and be there for the next five, six, seven years.” ••• By game No. 9, it was painfully apparent Shafer made a mistake. Heading into a game against Purdue, Michigan sat at 2-6 on the year. The Wolverines switched up their defense to a 3-3-5 scheme. That’s the defense then-UM head coach Rich Rodriguez’s teams ran at West Virginia. It is not the defense that Shafer runs. Rodriguez, an offensive coach, was officious in his attempts to work with the defense. Purdue put up 48 points and beat the Wolverines anyway. ‘I think (Shafer) liked his players, he gave everybody pretty much a fair chance,’ former UM wide receiver LaTerryal Savoy said. ‘I just think here, at Michigan, in the situation he was in, I just don’t think he was able to do exactly what he wanted. ‘He had the title of a (defensive) coordinator, but he wasn’t technically having the authority.’ Shafer was an outsider with Rodriguez’s crew at Michigan, most of which were West Virginia followers. For the first time in his coaching career, Shafer plunged into a bad football situation. ‘I went to Michigan for all the wrong reasons,’ Shafer said. ‘I went because it was Michigan. And it was, being an Ohio kid, it was Ohio State and Michigan growing up, and I was a little bit blind, and I didn’t slow down and research who my comrades were going to be, and that was a big mistake.’ The results were poor at best. The Wolverines lost nine games — the most in school history. The defense slipped from No. 24 in total defense under Ron English in 2007 to 67th on Shafer’s watch. The whole situation under Rodriguez was dysfunctional. The coaching staff did not get respect from the players. Rodriguez was an overpowering head coach in his first year there, former linebacker Ohene Opong-Owusu said. His coaching style proved unpopular with the players, and that only made the situation worse. Shafer’s hooting and hollering was more comedic for the Michigan players than it was instructive. ‘He was cool, he was a good guy,’ Opong-Owusu said. ‘I don’t think people really took him seriously, that’s the thing.’ Shafer’s fate was clear well before Dec. 16, 2008, when he was fired from his position with Michigan. At the time, he called it a mutual decision. He also took the blame for the demise of Michigan’s program. ‘Unfortunately, because of high expectations and when you take over a program of that magnitude and the success that they’ve had, there’s limited tolerance on what you can do,’ said Bruce Tall, then-Michigan defensive line coach. ‘Success. Basically, you’re evaluated solely on outcome.’ Shafer did not get to experience the highs of beating Ohio State or winning a Big Ten title. Ann Arbor did not turn out to be the place he envisioned, the place he could have settled in for a long time. ‘Oh, yeah, there’s no question about that,’ Shafer said. ‘But the profession’s a crazy one, that’s for sure. That’s why you want to surround yourself with good people, and I feel really fortunate to have the staff that we have here (at Syracuse).’ ••• Last Thanksgiving, the Shafers welcomed four SU players into their home. The day was an extension of what Shafer’s family has done for 21 years. Mayes, Merkerson, Jeremi Wilkes and Mike Holmes did not go home for Thanksgiving break, but the Shafers were not going to let them go without hospitality. ‘They’re part of the family,’ Missy Shafer said. ‘And sometimes you have to still separate — as much as I want to take these kids in like they’re my own kid, and I do, I love all these players, but they’re still my husband’s job. So it’s that fine line that you have to watch.’ It is a comfort level not seen at Michigan, one that the right fit at Syracuse has inspired. They watched the Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game and played Madden with Shafer’s son, Wolfgang, who is a quarterback for Syracuse-area Fayetteville-Manlius High School. And they ate dinner. As a family. ‘He’s almost like a father away from home to us, especially as a defensive back,’ Wilkes said. Shafer said he would like to be a head coach someday, but in his mind there’s no rush. He’s got a good thing going at SU. It was the first time in years he has a defense with many of his own recruits. Unlike what happened at Michigan, they understand their defensive coordinator’s vociferous ways. Cornerback Keon Lyn said while Shafer is tough sometimes, and he’ll yell at players, he usually ends his berating with ‘I love you, though.’ ‘Coach Shafer’s the man,’ freshman safety Shu Mungwa said. ‘He’s the reason why I wanted to come here, so I mean I’d do anything for him. I love Coach Shafer.’ He learned with his last adventure that rushing into the first big opportunity could be a mistake. But alongside Marrone, Shafer has revived the SU defense. He’s found a home, too. ‘I think ever since I was young I would love to be a head coach someday,’ Shafer said. ‘But when the time’s right and when the time tells me it’s right.’ email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org | @mark_cooperjr read more